'Elementary' To Air After the Super Bowl

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November 5th, 2012

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CBS's Hit Freshman Drama, Which Provides a Modern Take On Sherlock Holmes,

 Receives Coveted Post-Super Bowl Slot

CBS announced today that its hit freshman drama ELEMENTARY, which provides a modern take on Sherlock Holmes in New York City, will receive the coveted post-Super Bowl slot.   A special episode of ELEMENTARY will be broadcast following CBS Sports' coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVII, Sunday, Feb. 3  (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT, time approximate after post-game coverage).


ELEMENTARY, which has won its Thursday (10:00-11:00 PM) time period in key ratings measures in every broadcast against regularly scheduled programming this season, is averaging 14.2 million viewers, 4.6/11 in adults 25-54 and  3.5/10 in adults 18-49.  ELEMENTARY ranks as the #2 new series on television this season, only slightly behind CBS’ VEGAS (14.5 million viewers).


The series has also opened strong in international markets.  ELEMENTARY is the number one new series in Canada, airing on the Global Network, where it wins its time period in viewers and key demographic categories.  In the UK, ELEMENTARY ranks as Sky Living's third highest rated series since 2002, and the top-rated launch of a drama acquisition in the channel's history.


ELEMENTARY stars Jonny Lee Miller as eccentric, mischievous detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson, a former surgeon turned sober companion.  Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare – a sobriety coach.  Now running free in New York solving crimes, it’s simple deduction that he’s going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it’s elementary that it’s a job for Watson.


Also, Aidan Quinn stars as Capt. Thomas Gregson, who knows from previous experience working with Scotland Yard that Sherlock is brilliant at closing cases, along with Jon Michael Hill, who portrays Det. Marcus Bell, a top-notch investigator who is initially skeptical of Holmes and his unorthodox methods.


Robert Doherty, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Craig Sweeny are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

  • eridapo

    Threat level orange. Petar meltdown imminent.


  • Luke

    This actually makes sense….this could give Elementary a much needed boost.

    I’ve never watch POI, but isn’t is heavily serialised? Wouldn’t make sense for people to watch an episode in the middle of an arc. At least a procedural, it’ll be a stand alone episode.

  • vikrammangat@yahoo.com

    CBS studio show, typical.
    2BG and POI not.

  • gary

    amazing Elementary deserve it

  • Tyler

    I feel like it doesn’t really make sense to put a drama on post-Superbowl, unless it’s the series premiere. The idea is to boost the ratings but who is going to watch a show that you don’t really understand what’s going on? I know it’s a procedural but still. Comedies and reality shows seem like they would carry more into ratings after the post-Superbowl in their regular time slots.

  • Gleebo

    Its a good boost to what has turned out to be a pretty decent show, but I would have definitely went with Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls if they wanted to get really big ratings after the game.

  • joel

    I don’t care what show it does or doesn’t help. I just want to be entertained and Elementary doesn’t do it for me. After the Super Bowl a lot of people are still wired up with entertainment expectations.

  • rob60990

    “What a waste of a slot but I guess its there way of trying to make sure they won’t have to cancel all there rookie shows this year.”


  • Nick


    No, POI is a procedural. It has a little serial in it, but it can still be collowed by the casual viewer.

  • Bobby

    Why are people saying the big bang theory? Sure it would be great, but TBBT is already far along in its season and already pulls monstrous ratings. The whole point for a show to go after the Super Bowl is to boost it’s ratings and to grab more viewers for following episodes. TBBT doesn’t need a ratings boost and is already a well-established series, so it would only make sense that a freshmen drama would go after. Especially seeing how almost all of their new fall series are failing, Elementary is the only good one ratings wise, so it’s a logical choice.

  • Nick

    This is an OK scheduling, but I would’ve done 2 Broke Girls and the premiere of Friend Me. But Elementary is still OK.

  • joel

    If you want a rookie drama an episode of Vegas about mob involvement in NFL Championship Game gambling would have been a better tie in.

  • TVDude

    Wow, not the best move. I mean, it could have been worse, but really? They better make the best episode possible because if they don’t I don’t see CBS getter much of a boost if any. It definitely won’t be as effective as it was for NBC last season. I have no doubt that the Superbowl helped The Voice, I don’t see it doing much for Elementary.

  • Joe


    It’s very unlikely to do worse than the abysmal 17.4 million viewers and 8.2 adults 18-49 rating that Alias put up in 2003.

    Alias was AMAZING show !!!!

  • Justin121

    I’m shocked.

    I thought for sure 2 Broke Girls, Person of Interest, or a new show would get it.

    Hope it bombs.

  • Joe

    The issue with 2 Broke Girls is that they probably don’t have a strong comedy to pair it with to make a complete hour. HIMYM, Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory are all aging and don’t need the boost. Partners is a bust and they don’t seem to have much faith in Friend Me. Guess they could’ve thrown it to Mike & Molly but eh..

  • Jos

    NOO, I like Elementary” and all, but I really wanted ”Person of Interest” to get the slot.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    I thought it they’d do TBBT and Two and a Half Men

  • Ultima

    If you want a rookie drama an episode of Vegas about mob involvement in NFL Championship Game gambling would have been a better tie in.

    Maybe they have that going after the AFC Championship Game.

  • Ultima

    Alias was AMAZING show !!!!

    Wasn’t trying to bash Alias; its poor post-Super Bowl performance had everything to do with the game being a blowout and ABC’s really long post-game show (Alias didn’t start until 11:00pm).

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